My son bought this hat on a trip to Ireland. He has a matching sweater. I really like the appearance, and I was examining it to figure out how it was made. I hope somebody can give me some advice on how this is done. Here's a photo of the hat:
And here's a photo of the inside:
The top is a round circle, the sides were apparently knitted flat and then seamed at the back. I'm very curious about the brim. It feels like it has some kind of circular plastic insert, but it's made in one piece with the sides. It then extends into the inside where the yarn color changes into some kind of lining. Then there's a circular inside top that seems to be made of some sort of suede.
I'm particularly wondering how they make the brim extend like that, but I also don't know how to knit a circle. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,